If you’re facing criminal charges for domestic violence, you may be worried about your reputation. Maybe you’re a local business owner whose name is linked to (or maybe even on) your company. Maybe you’re merely worried about what friends and family members will think of you. Either way, it may seem easy enough to do damage control by posting about the incident online and letting people know that the allegations are false.
This does sound like it would be a wise plan, but the truth is that you don’t want to say anything. You should keep the matter off social media entirely. Even if you’re completely innocent, you could end up making things worse.
Social media posts can be used as evidence
First and foremost, remember that what you post online can be used as evidence against you in a criminal case. Always assume that anything you say, even if you delete it right away, will always exist. It’s very easy for people to take screenshots or look at archived versions of websites to bring those posts back up.
You also have to consider how people will view you in light of the posts. For instance, if the other party is lying, you’re probably angry about it — and you have a right to be. Few things are as frustrating as false allegations.
If you put an angry post about that person online, you may think it helps show that you did nothing wrong, but the tone may actually make others think you’re too aggressive toward that person — leading them to believe that you are guilty. When in doubt, keep your case off of the internet and spend your time looking into all of your legal options.